(Medicinal Herbs) Shinleaf

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Shinleaf Scientific Names and Common Names,Shinleaf Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Shinleaf Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Shinleaf


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Pyrola elliptica L. Heath family

Common Names

Wild Lily-of-the-Valley
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Shinleaf is a perennial, evergreen herb, 5-10 inches high; a slender, branching rootstock produces a set of basal, dark green, ovate to elliptical leaves with margined petioles and shallow-toothed edges. The naked flower stalk bears from 7-15 white, waxy, drooping, greenish-white flowers, which smell like lily-of-the-valley and bloom from June to August.
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Where Found

Grows in dry to rich woods in Canada and in the northern and Rocky Mountain states of the United States. Maryland, West Virginia; Nebraska and across Canada to Alaska.
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Medicinal Properties

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Legends, Myths and Stories

Webster’s Dictionary claims this herb belongs to the Heath family; some references claim it for the Wintergreen family, who knows.
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Has a mild astringent property and can be used as a mouthwash, gargle, and vaginal douche. The leaves make a good poultice for insect bites, bruises, and other skin problems. Native Americans used the tea of the whole plant to treat epileptic seizures in babies; leaf tea gargled for sore throat, canker sores; poulticed leaves for tumors, sores, wounds, ulcers, and cuts; root tea as a tonic.
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, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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